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U2 give away song to raise money for Aids charity

U2 will allow fans to download their new single for free in a move that the band hopes will raise more than £1 million to help provide life-saving treatment for people fighting Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.

U2 are to give away a new song - in a move which is expected to generate more than £1 million - to help the fight against Aids Credit: PA

The rock giants will unveil the track, called Invisible, on a US TV ad for fundraising partnership (RED) to be aired during the Super Bowl on February 2.

Invisible will be made available on iTunes for 24 hours, with the Bank Of America donating 60p for each download, to a maximum of £1.2 million, to the Global Fund To Fight AIDs,Tuberculosis And Malaria.

Bono helped to found the organisation (RED) in 2006, which has gone on to generate more than £145 million for the Global Fund.

Read: U2's Bono impersonates Bill Clinton

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U2's Bono impersonates Bill Clinton

U2 singer Bono has been showing off his best American drawl as he impersonated for Bill Clinton.

As he waited for the former US president on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Bono began a striking impersonation of Mr Clinton.

To the obvious delight of the audience the U2 frontman described how Clinton "thought he was one his roadies" the first time they met before listing their humanitarian achievements.

When Mr Clinton did arrive the Irish singer leapt back in to his own seat as the former president said he "must be really easy to make fun of."

Update: Clinton responds with Bono impression

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Bono awarded France's highest cultural honour

Irish rock star Bono has been awarded the highest cultural honour of France, and was praised for waging "some of the greatest wars of our time."

Bono said the honour was "unspeakably special" but that it belonged to the whole of U2.
Bono said the honour was "unspeakably special" but that it belonged to the whole of U2. Credit: Reuters

The U2 front man was presented the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French minister of culture Aurelie Filippetti, in a ceremony in Paris. Filippetti said:

"Beyond notes and beyond words, you committed yourself and dedicated your fame and career to wage some of the greatest wars of our time. Not for charity's sake but in the name of Justice."

Accepting the award, Bono said he was hugely honoured by the accolade, but that it belonged to the band:

"This is a huge honour for me, but really it belongs to the band. I've got the biggest mouth and the loudest voice but the music we make comes from each other, [...] it is unspeakably special to receive an award from France for being an artist."

Bono: Partnership with Africa key

U2 frontman and aid campaigner Bono has told MSNBC:

What's key about today's announcement is that the President of the United States is supporting African ideas on how to fix their problem, their country owned, country devised plans.

That's what's different. It's partnership not the old paternalism. These are horizontal relationships not vertical ones.

The African people are saying to us they don't want aid as an ongoing basis, they need it now to help them to get to a place of independence. They are future consumers for the United States, the President is talking business, this is good. It's a whole new development paradigm I think today.

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